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‘Indiana’s New Powerful Couple’: Biden Forgives Thanksgiving Turkeys Peanut Butter and Jelly | Joe biden


It has been described as the the hardest job in the world. American presidents are expected to be tough but compassionate, dealing with a never-ending list of crises and, once a year, playing comic books with a couple of turkeys.

The collision was sharp and uncomfortable for Joe Biden on Friday after a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges related to deadly shootings last year at an anti-racism protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparking widespread outrage.

Often touted for his empathy, Biden issued a statement acknowledging that the verdict “will leave many Americans angry and concerned, myself included.” But minutes later, with a screeching gear change, he was in the White House rose garden. forgiving two Thanksgiving turkeys.

On a bright, cold day, with a smell of hot apple cider in the air, he made the most of it.

The annual ritual “reminds us that we should have a little fun and always be grateful,” Biden said, then added: “It is important to continue traditions like this, to remind us how out of darkness there is light, hope and progress, and that is what It represents Thanksgiving this year, in my opinion. “

Someone with a dark sense of humor might have named the turkeys Manchin and Sinema, after the two Democrats who stand in the way of Biden’s agenda in the United States Senate. Instead, the birds, raised in Jasper, Indiana, were named Peanut Butter and Jelly, which garnered presidential approval.

“I have to admit, my wife doesn’t like me to admit it, that’s what I like for lunch: peanut butter and jelly,” Biden said.

The two turkeys, Peanut Butter and Jelly, were spared by Biden as part of an annual presidential tradition that takes place before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The two turkeys, Peanut Butter and Jelly, were spared by Biden as part of an annual presidential tradition that takes place before the Thanksgiving holiday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds / UPI / REX / Shutterstock

The annual White House ceremony to save a turkey from the Thanksgiving dinner table began in earnest with George HW Bush in 1989. Donald Trump shattered many traditions, but kept this one, proving political satire despite scandals. that surround it.

Barack Obama used to make his daughters flinch with turkey puns like “Yeah come on.” Puns were a more restored norm in the White House by Biden.

The peanut butter and jelly, he said, had been selected “on the basis of temperament, appearance and, I suspect, vaccination status. And the Drug Administration authorized a wider use of earlier in the day.

Turkeys, moving to Biden’s right, made gobbling noises.

The turkeys had received a red carpet treatment at a swanky Washington hotel, prompting a joke at the expense of transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and her husband Chasten.

“Secretary Buttigieg couldn’t be here today. But I’m sorry for Pete and Chasten, Peanut Butter and Jelly are now Indiana’s new powerful couple. “

All of this drew polite laughter from White House staff and their children. Biden had more. This was a highly successful day that had started with the House of Representatives approval of their Build Back Better package.

“Friends, Turkey is infrastructure. The peanut butter and jelly will help rebuild the ball of butter. “

As is also traditional, the president, who underwent a colonoscopy on Friday and turns 79 on Saturday, became a bit serious, insisting on those who have lost loved ones, the unfinished fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the need to heal the divisions of the nation. .

Then came the grand finale, when he approached Peanut Butter, raised his hand and declared, “By the power that has been given to me as President of the United States, I forgive you, I forgive you this Thanksgiving.”

The peanut butter gobbled. Biden leaned over and patted Jelly. Both birds are destined to live out their days at Purdue University in Indiana.

“Thank you all, I hope you have a happy, happy, happy Thanksgiving,” Biden said. “And it’s very cold, isn’t it?”

As the band played, Biden worked with the crowd and posed for photos with children, the avuncular retail politician once again, savoring this lighthearted interlude. Perhaps he could be forgiven for not rushing back to the Oval Office and its world of trouble.


www.theguardian.com

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